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Canton Ballet's Celebrate Dance! Returns To The Canton Palace Theatre Stage, October 15

Canton Ballet alumnus Zachary Catazaro creates cutting-edge new piece of choreography for program.

Canton Ballet's Celebrate Dance! Returns To The Canton Palace Theatre Stage, October 15

Canton Ballet presents Celebrate Dance! at the Canton Palace Theatre on October 15. The program features a diverse selection of dance genres and new creations choreographed by today's most talented dance-makers.

Guest choreographer Zachary Catazaro has created a new piece for the performance in the neoclassical style using pointe shoes and tennis shoes for an innovative, cutting-edge piece, set to music by SebastiAn.

Canton Ballet's Choreographer in Residence Angelo Lemmo has two works on the program. His first piece "Accelerate," inspired by the acceleration of energy, was selected for performance at the Regional Dance America/Northeast Festival in May 2022. His second work is a highly energetic neoclassical ballet piece on pointe aimed at showcasing the dancers' strengths and abilities.

Canton Ballet's Executive & Artistic Director Cassandra Crowley has created a new work for the young apprentices. The ballet, to Strauss's "Morgenblätter," highlights the dancers' youthful exuberance and joy of movement.

Chelsea Shump, a Canton Ballet dance instructor, brings her impressive moves and knowledge of jazz to her piece for an energetic new work, set to the sounds of "Boogie Fever."

Company member Mya Frank, a Louisville High School senior, will present an enchanting solo from Don Quixote the ballet: "Queen of the Dryads."

Canton Ballet's modern dance instructor Allison Beler Michalos has created an exciting new modern piece set to music by Zoe Keating.

Dancers will also perform "Puss in Boots and the White Cat" from the ballet Sleeping Beauty - a classic ballet piece with a unique comedy twist.

Finally, Canton Ballet is excited to welcome members of the cast of New Direction Performing Arts Academy's Annie to the program, who will perform "It's a Hard Knock Life," choreographed by Molly Weidig. Annie is directed by Carrie Alexander Spina and will open at the Canton Cultural Center Main Stage in November. Canton Ballet looks forward to many more collaborations and partnerships with this arts education organization.

Special thanks to VisitCanton for its support of Celebrate Dance!

Tickets for Celebrate Dance! are $22 - available online at or by calling the Canton Ballet office at 330-455-7220. Tickets are general admission.

Canton Ballet has fostered an appreciation of the art of dance throughout the region for over 50 years. Under the guidance of Artistic and Executive Director Cassandra Crowley, the Ballet is regarded as one of the most admired pre-professional dance companies in Ohio, and its School provides the highest quality of instruction for all ages and skill levels, toddler to adult. Each year, Canton Ballet performs public and school performances at the Canton Palace Theatre for audiences to enjoy.

Zachary Catazaro was born in Canton, Ohio, and began his dance training at the School of Canton Ballet under Cassandra Crowley, Angelo Lemmo, and his mother Jennifer Catazaro Hayward. Zachary studied at the School of American Ballet, the official school of the New York City Ballet in 2006. In October 2007, he became an apprentice with New York City Ballet and joined the company's Corps de Ballet in October of 2008. He was promoted to Soloist in February 2014 and elevated to Principal Dancer in 2017. Notable featured roles at New York City Ballet include the titular role in George Balanchine's Apollo, Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux, Romeo in Peter Martins' production of Romeo + Juliet as well as Prince Siegfried in Martins' full-length production of Swan Lake, among many others. Zachary has also been featured in Jerome Robbins' West Side Story Suite as Tony and Bernardo and performed in Robbins' Dances at a Gathering and NY Export: Opus Jazz. In 2018, he was featured in Walt Disney's film The Nutcracker and the Four Realms dancing with American Ballet Theater's Misty Copeland. Most recently, he has been a guest Principal at Bayerische Staatsballett and Etoile Ospite with Teatro Dell'Opera di Roma. Zachary joined Cleveland Ballet in 2021.

Photos: First look at Curtain Players GOODBYE FREDDY Photo
On the occasion of Freddy's funeral and at his behest, six of his friends gather at the home of Hank and Kate in Kansas City, where five of them grew up. Hank and Kate were childhood sweethearts whose apparently idyllic relationship has proceeded uninterrupted through the years. Andy and Nessa were childhood sweethearts also, but are now divorced and living in New York. He's a successful advertising executive; she's the author of a bestselling roman à clef based on her friends' lives. Paul is the new Undersecretary for Eastern Affairs in Washington, and his wife, Alice, the only one who has not known the others since grammar school, is a housewife obsessed with the many infidelities she imagines Paul has committed. Hovering over them all is the spirit of Freddy, the only admitted homosexual in the group. As the liquor flows and memories (and recriminations) become more telling, Hank, in an emotional outburst, admits that he had been having an affair with Freddy for years prior to his death. Kate is overwhelmed by this revelation, the friends take sides and, as the night winds down into morning, facades are stripped away as no-holds-barred truth-telling replaces the party atmosphere with which the evening began. In the end Hank and Kate agree to strive for a more honest relationship, and the others, each in his or her own way affected by the absent Freddy, resolve to use the legacy of directness and honesty which he left them to set their own lives on firmer paths. Performances run Dec. 2 - 18, 2022 at Curtain Players, 5691 Harlem Road, Galena, Ohio 43021. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit:

Photos: First look at Pickerington Community Theatres FROZEN JR Photo
A story of true love and acceptance between sisters, Disney Frozen Jr. expands upon the emotional relationship and journey between Princesses Anna and Elsa. When faced with danger, the two discover their hidden potential and the powerful bond of sisterhood. With a cast of beloved characters and loaded with magic, adventure, and plenty of humor, Disney Frozen Jr. is sure to thaw even the coldest heart! Performances run Dec. 2 - 11, 2022 at the Wigwam Theater 10190 Blacklick-Eastern Road, Pickerington, OH 43147. For tickets:

Photos: First look at Ohio University Lancaster Theatre Departments ITS A WONDERFUL LIFE:  Photo
Ohio University Lancaster Theatre, The Lancaster Playhouse, and Garret Players presents 'It's A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play.' Adapted by Joe Landry, Music by Kevin Connors. PLOT: This beloved American holiday classic comes to captivating life as a live 1940s radio broadcast. With the help of an ensemble that brings a few dozen characters to the stage, the story of idealistic George Bailey unfolds as he considers ending his life one fateful Christmas Eve. It's a Wonderful Life is based on the story, 'The Greatest Gift' by Philip Van Doren Stern, Produced by special arrangement with Playscripts, Inc. TICKETS, $10.

Photos: Inside MVAC & MTVarts A CHRISTMAS STORY Photo
A young boy named Ralphie Parker only wants one thing for Christmas: a Red Ryder BB gun. However, he is not sure he will ever make it to Christmas, between his brother Randy and the school bully Scut Farkus. Whenever he tells someone how much he wants it, he/she tells him that he will shoot his eye out and refuses to get it for him. Even a department store Santa Claus tells him the same thing. Upcoming Events for MTVarts and MVAC: 'A Night of One-Acts', January 13 - 15, 2023, at Warehouse 14. Paul Reiser: Live Stand Up Comedy, Fri 3/3/2023 8:00 PM, at The Knox Memorial Theater. Community Concert Association Divas 3, Sun 3/19/2023 7:30 PM, at the Knox Memorial Theater For tickets for upcoming events or more information, visit: &

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